From:  Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships





An Indian word meaning Island in the river; a city In Michigan.

YT-173: dp. 226; l. 104'4"; b. 28'6"; dr. 13'2"; s. 13 k.; a. 2 30 cal. mg.


Manistee (YT-173), built In 1941 as the tug Carrie T. Meseek by T. S. Marvel & Co. for Meseck Towing Lines, Inc., of New York, N.Y., was purchased for $285,000 by the Navy and renamed 29 May 1941; converted at the Navy Yard, New York; and placed in service 8 August 1941.


Manistee was immediately placed in service performing tug duties in New York Harbor.  There, throughout the World War II period, she helped to insure the efficient flow of men and materiel in and out of that congested port to the war fronts in Europe and Africa.


Manistee, redesignated YTB-173,15 May 1944, continued to serve the 3d Naval District for a year after the end of the war.  On 30 August 1946 she was placed out of service at New York, and struck from the Naval Register 13 December.  Declared surplus, she was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 26 February 1947.  She was subsequently sold to her former owner and resumed service In New York Harbor as Carrie T. Meseck.

Transcribed by:  Bill Mozingo,